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  • He could not keep from constantly touching her comb, her ring, her fichu; sometimes he gave her great sounding kisses with all his mouth on her cheeks, or else little kisses in a row all along her bare arm from the tip of her fingers up to her shoulder, and she put him away half-smiling, half-vexed, as you do a child who hangs about you.

    Madame Bovary

  • The shock of her husband falling on the bed awoke her — she stretched out her arms, opened her eyes, closed them quickly, and then opened them again quite wide, with a half-vexed air.

    The Calash

  • "Well, I do think he might have come to my help, " said Fatty, half-vexed.

    The Mystery of the Strange Bundle

  • "You're a queer girl," was Judith's half-vexed opinion.

    Jane Allen: Right Guard

  • For a moment Madame de la Fontaine was silent, then she looked quickly up; a half-vexed, half-amused expression curling her pretty lips.

    The Inn at the Red Oak

  • "Who told you about it?" asked Arline in a half-vexed tone.

    Grace Harlowe's Third Year at Overton College

  • And when, through thoughtlessness or forgetfulness, as was not unfrequently the case, he happened to find himself in some awkward scrape or perplexity, he would toss back his waving hair with a half-vexed half-comical expression, which would disarm at once his mother's anger, spite of herself, and turn her severe rebuke into a mild remonstrance.

    Frank Oldfield Lost and Found

  • "The doctor!" echoed Allan, half-vexed, half-laughing.

    The Rose-Garden Husband

  • He spoke to the first lieutenant in a half-vexed tone.

    The Rover

  • Miss Toland said, looking from one to the other, with her half-vexed and half-approving laugh.

    The Story of Julia Page

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